Georgia man charged with muder

Published 1:30 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
A 59-year-old Warm Springs, Ga. man is being held in the John Hulett Detention Facility in Hayneville for the alleged murder of his wife on Interstate 65.
According to information provided by Sgt. M.V. Green, an investigator with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, James Scarbrough, 59, of Warm Springs is currently being held in Lowndes county on a $250,000 cash bond for the Thursday, Oct. 16 alleged murder of his wife, Ester “Karen” Scarbrough, 61, also from Warm Springs, Ga.
According to Green, on Thursday, Oct. 16 at about 10 p.m., the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls from individuals traveling on Interstate 65 N. stating that they had see a white male lying down in the emergency lane just a couple of fee from the lanes of traffic.
He said the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene where James Scarbrough was found lying in the emergency lane (allegedly) “armed with a pocked knife and making verbal threats to the officers.”
Green said the Sheriff’s Office was able to disarm Scarbrough without the use of lethal force and take him into custody with injury to officers.
Also, Ester “Karen” Scarbrough was found in the couple’s vehicle on the side of I-65 N and (allegedly) “had been stabbed in the neck and abdomen area with a sharp object,” Green said.
He said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Green, during the investigation, it is believed that the Scarbroughs had visited the Montgomery VA earlier in the day and upon leaving, got lost and ended up on I-65 S for a considerable amount of time.
Realizing they were going the wrong way, Green said, “Mrs. Scarbrough” turned the vehicle around and proceeded back north on I-65.
“During the travels back north, a domestic situation occurred where James Scarbrough (allegedly) stabbed his wife with a sharp object and exited the vehicle,” Green said.
He said James Scarbough has been formally charged with the murder of his wife and is current being held at John Hulett Detention Facility on a $250,000 cash only bond.

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